Lissajous Wave Star and Lissajous Wave Ring

Tom Grimsey

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These sculptures inspired by oscilloscope waveforms are the first sculptures commissioned for the new Prothcurno Sculpture Garden. The two shapes relate to each other, the star being an explosive version of the tighter muscular ring like a clenched fist springing out to form an extended palm or a sea anemone contracted or extended. Both sculptures are made for public interaction. The large open sculpture has a rhythmic oscillation, which is wholly appropriate, it being derived from oscilloscope waveforms. The American mathematician Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), in order to solve navigational problems studied astrology, the theoretical orbits of comets and figures created by a variety of pendulums. Jules Antoine Lissajous (1822-1880) later analysed these in greater depth and these wave forms now take his name.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPorthcurno Telegraph Museum, NESTA, Arts Council
Place of PublicationPorthcurno, Cornwall, UK
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2009


  • Public sculpture
  • Steel Sculpture
  • Landscape Design
  • Kinetic Sculpture


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